“My Great Comforter”

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,
who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can
comfort those in any trouble with the comfort
we ourselves receive from God.” 

2 Corinthians 1:  3-4 (NIV)

Everyday, as humans, we are all presented with a multitude of issues.  Starting from the time our eyelids flicker open wide ’till the time they fall shut locking us into darkness at night.  None of us are exempt from the day-to-day problems that seem to smack us right in the face once we leave out that door, but, thank God, we have a Savior, our Lord Jesus Christ, who serves as our great comforter.  He’s there for us always, providing us a way to communicate with him continually through prayer.  He provides us our daily needs, constantly letting us know that He is everything and will be everything to us if we just let Him.  Moreover, it’s because He provides this comfort to us, that we are able to comfort others.  It’s so easy for us to get in our own pity party and think that we are just in the worst situation.  Nobody has it as bad as we do.  Right?  Wrong?!  As a matter of fact, one of the best known ways to forget about your own problems is to jump right into somebody else’s.  One of my co-workers was even telling me about another friend that he has and how she will, more often than not, text or message him about her day and what she’s going through.  He told me that listening to her problems, he doesn’t feel like he’s going through anything, but, despite her telling of her problems, he’s still able to listen and provide her with sound advice to help her situation.  I’m vice-versa with him.  I’m able to listen, provide my opinion and offer him some advice that will help him on his way, and it’s all because God is such a great comfort to me.  Because he provides such compassion, understanding and mercy to me.  Thank you God for being my great comforter when I need you to be.

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“Freefall to Fly” by Rebekah Lyons

Freefall to Fly: A Breathtaking Journey Toward a Life of MeaningFreefall to Fly: A Breathtaking Journey Toward a Life of Meaning by Rebekah Lyons
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Freefall to Fly” by Rebekah Lyons was a breath of fresh air to me…needless to say, I loved it. Mrs. Lyons addressed topics in her book that are rarely unheard of in the public eye, and, if they are, they do not come without their fair share of shame. Being a woman in my mid-thirties and having questioned myself, “God. Why am I here?,” it was such a relief to read a book that put many things that I have or are thinking right there on the page. Not since reading “New Day” by Margaret Johnson-Hodge have I related to a character so much. The only difference is in “New Day,” Carol-Anne was fictitious, but in “Freefall to Fly,” Mrs. Lyons talks of her own experiences and her own fears. She gives her readers hope that things will get better. They, too, will get there.
One of my favorite quotes from the book is from one of her dear friends, “If you are in hell, keep walking. Because somewhere along the way, if you stay in the place where your heart breaks and you put one foot in front of the other, the darkness will eventually lift.”
I give it 5 stars.

“Freefall to Fly” by Rebekah Lyons was provided by Handlebar Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: A Hero for Her Heart

A Hero for Her Heart
A Hero for Her Heart by Candice Miller Speare
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“A Hero for Her Heart” by Candice Speare and Nancy Toback was a breath of fresh air…Allie Vahn has never been a fan of forgiveness, and she absolutely positively does not tolerate lying…in fact her famous quote is “I can’t abide lying.” She’s just trying to get over her disastrous engagement to Michael Maynard, a man who lied and cheated on her during the engagement. He tries to make it seem like he didn’t do anything wrong. However, when Derrick Maynard comes to town looking for his sister’s son whom she had given up adoption, their accidental meeting leads to more than Allie feels like she can handle. What’s more, she doesn’t know the real reason that Derrick is in town. He tells her that it’s to find land for his business, but he’s really trying to find his sister’s son and made sure he’s safe and happy with his adoptive family. When Allie finds out that Derrick’s intentions are more than what he lets on, will she be able to forgive him and let sleeping dogs lie, so to speak, or will she consider it lying and a betrayal?
Fans of romance and happily ever after will love this book.
I give it 4 stars.

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Review: Summer in the South: A Novel

Summer in the South: A Novel
Summer in the South: A Novel by Cathy Holton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Summer in the South” was awesome…I didn’t want to put this book down. I even kept trying to sneak and read it at work, it was so good. Ava Dabrowski is so over her life and horrible love life so when Will Fraser, an old college friend of hers, extends to her the opportunity to come down south for the summer and work on her novel, she jumps at the chance. After all, how often do you get to live in a “writer’s like colony” for FREE! But, when she gets to Woodburn, she soon discovers that everything that glitters ain’t gold. There are secrets in this small town…secrets that the Woodburn family wants to keep buried, but Ava finds herself always wanting to search and find and bring them up. And, when she does, she discovers history is not always what it seems to be and sometimes secrets that have been dead, buried and layed to rest should stay just that!
I give it 5 stars.

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Review: The Peach Keeper

The Peach Keeper
The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“The Peach Keeper” by Sarah Addison Allen was a delicious read and right up my alley! Willa Jackson was born and raised in Walls of Water, North Carolina, and, when she left for college, she had no intentions of ever looking back…but, when he father died, and her grandmother was left alone in her old age, she knows that coming back home is the best thing to do…so, she does. She moves back into her father’s house and even opens up a business of her own. Soon, she finds herself immersed into the life she thought she had left behind and becomes involved with the people and things she thought she had left in high school. Then, when she realizes that The Blue Ridge Madam, the house that her grandmother grew up in is being renovated, she finds herself in all kinds of predicaments, and she soon discovers that long-lost secrets kept are meant to stay down forever…
“The Peach Keeper” is a definite must-read for readers who love Southern Fiction…
I give it 5 stars.

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Review: Big Red Barn Board Book

Big Red Barn Board Book
Big Red Barn Board Book by Margaret Wise Brown
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Big Red Barn” by Margaret Wise Brown was a really good book, and my daughter enjoyed it immensely. As a parent, I take great joy when I see my daughter really enjoying what I read and recognizing the pictures that she sees on the page. She was able to identify all the animals, and even wanted to know “What they mama at?”
The author did a really good job of displaying a lot of colors in this book too. I think that really helps children as they are learning to read because all the bright colors catches their eye, and they want to know more.
I give it 5 stars.

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Review: Street Divas

Street Divas
Street Divas by De’nesha Diamond
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Street Divas” by De’nesha Diamond was hot…red hot!!! The author immediately brought me into the book. The action started right away. The scenes were painted bright and vivid, and the characters were well-written. I mean, I felt like I was living on ShotGun Row, I could just feel Python’s pet snakes crawling all around me, and I started to hate LeShelle’s throne with a passion. Ms. Diamond really outdid herself here. I really enjoyed how the events and people connected, like how Cousin Skeet ended up being “Supercop,” and Mason ended up being Terrell’s long-lost brother. Ms. Diamond had me all wrapped up.
The only criticism I would give is that the book was a cliff-hanger…I was wondering what was going to happen next when the movie ended, did Momma Peaches end up leaving Issac and marrying Cedric, and what happened to Python’s and Yolonda’s baby, but the cliff-hanger’s okay because I’m already getting ready to read the next book to check out what happens in this street-lit drama.

I give it 5 stars.

P.S  “Street Divas” was provided by Tasha Parker, owner of Books & Beauty Bookstore in Memphis, TN, in exchange for an honest review.

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